Curly Maple and Brass Sheath for Dao
The slideshow at the right shows many steps in the process of making a sheath out of curly maple and brass for a Ming Dynasty style dao. This involved cutting the wood, making a channel for the blade, gluing, shaping, sanding, polishing, staining, and then making, brazing, and engraving the brass fittings. Hopefully, these pictures can help someone else who is learning this craft. They also show how much work goes into something like this. The first picture shows my work table and, in fact, almost the entire workshop. Thanks for looking.
Pattern-welded, broken-back seax. This is 400 layers of 15n20 and low manganese 1075, in a traditional style. The handle is 6" long, which was common (relatively plain handle, bolsters but no guard, very long). Seaxs are quite hefty, general-purpose knives, but also sidearms. Free men were required to carry these for the defense of their own honor and for their tribe.